Beyond his Virtuality pilot/movie that went nowhere, there hasn’t been a lot of Ron D. Moore for sci-fi fans to be interested in of late. Sure, there’s that Outlander adaptation going to Starz, but that’s a mixed bag of genres. What about something that hits closer to home?
Well, if you happen to live in an Arctic research facility, you were probably taken by the above teaser trailer for Moore’s upcoming Syfy series, Helix. Without much of a color palate, the teaser sets the proper tone for a series like this, one that will probably be minimal in set direction but expansive in atmosphere. The tagline itself is kind of corny, but its possible repercussions make Helix one of Syfy’s most realistically consequential shows.
“A team of scientists working in secret are about to change the world…or end it.”
This team of Center for Disease Control researchers discovers a new disease that could lead to a potential outbreak, which could rapidly change the world as we know it — or as they know it, anyway. One has to assume that aspects of Moore’s scrapped screenplay for The Thing‘s prequel have made their way into this story. If there is a dog involved on this show, I’m just going to hide my eyes throughout the whole thing.
Helix is executive produced by Moore, Lynda Obst (Contact), and Steven Maeda (Lost) and the pilot’s writer Cameron Porsandeh. Sadly, the show won’t make the airwaves this year, and is set for an early 2014 debut.